Volunteer opportunity description
Riding for the Disabled Greater London Region is one of the RDA's 18 regions and has 21 groups and centres across inner and outer London. It provides people with disabilities with opportunities to engage in activities with horses and ponies - for therapy, achievement and fun.
The RDA offers children and adults with different disabilities or special needs the opportunity to ride and engage in activities with horses and ponies. RDA groups provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment through riding, carriage driving, showjumping, stable management, pony games and Hippotherapy. RDA Greater London is one of its 18 regions.
There are 21 groups and centres across the whole of inner and outer London - ranging from small groups holding one or two riding sessions a week to larger centres running sessions all day, seven days a week.
We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic and responsible people who can offer time on regular basis to Riding for the Disabled (RDA) centres and groups across the London region, helping children and adults with a range of disabilities and special needs to benefit from equestrian therapy, achievement and fun.
A DBS will be required for all of these volunteer opportunities.
We need people who can offer:
- Common sense
- Confidence and reliability
- Ordinary everyday physical fitness
- Ability to communicate
- Empathy with the riders and other volunteers
- A sense of humour!
Equestrian experience is not a requirement.
You would get involved in a variety of group activities, such as:
- Leading horses and ponies during lessons (depending on the experience you bring and the training given by the group)
- Walking alongside and supporting the riders, depending on the nature of rider's special needs
- Talking with and encouraging riders
- Keeping the stable yard clean and tidy
- Handling horse tack (sometimes tacking up the horses, depending on your experience and confidence, and training)
- Other duties, as directed by the group leader or centre manager.
You would get back:
- Time-out with a friendly and supportive group, and some easy exercise, often in the fresh air
- Insights into the amazing ways horses and ponies help people with special needs
- Experience of working with horses and ponies, which is enjoyable in itself and can help you gain skills and confidence.
Volunteers need to commit time on a mostly regular basis, so they get to know the riders and horses or ponies. Usually volunteers help for a session (one or two hours) or more a week. Some groups need help weekdays or weekends, some day-times or evenings. Some groups run during school term-times, and some during holiday periods. A group would usually need you to commit for a period like a term or several months.
Our volunteer needs
We need volunteers who are free at these times